This will be a short post, but I felt it was worth talking about. When you come into Johnny’s Po-Boys, it isn’t much to look at. It looks like a sandwich shop with cheap plastic table cloths and a soda fountain. Then you realize you just waited 15 minutes outside on line, just to get in the door and wait in line some more.
The thing to get here is the muffaletta; this is a sandwich I had never heard of until I hit New Orleans. It is a must have for any first timer down here, it is a tradition and it is damn good. The way Johnny’s makes this dish is they grill a healthy layer of ham, provolone cheese, and a thin layer of salami on the grill. They take that mess and put it on a sesame seeded garlic loaf that is covered in an olive tapenade. My suggestion is to eat half of it, put the other half in a to-go container and give it to the first homeless man you see in Jackson Square Park. That way not only do you get an incredible sandwich, you get some good karma to go along with it.
I did want to share something I found at a local pirate bar in New Orleans as well. It was so horrible, I just wanted you all to know. It is a play on their traditional king cake for the Mardi Gras celebrations and the Hurricane Katrina disaster. In this case, a picture says a thousand words, so here are two.